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Old 10-28-2017, 12:40 AM   #1526
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I learned on a Nissan 300zx tt it was my brothers car . I think i was 18 or 19 at the time
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Old 10-29-2017, 02:58 PM   #1527
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I first ever drove a manual in my step-dads 2012 Jeep Wrangler in the parking lot when I was 14. I later learned on my 2005 wrx on the drive home
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Old 10-29-2017, 03:14 PM   #1528
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ford model a pickup

manual everything ;P
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Old 10-30-2017, 02:58 AM   #1529
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Mine was a 1987 Isuzu Trooper. Little 4 cyl in it, so I wasn't too worried about roasting the tires. Owned manuals for years until I got married. When we were test driving a new Jeep Wrangler in 2007 we found that my 4'11" wife couldn't reach the clutch in it, so we bought auto. 10 years later I'm finally back in a manual for my commuter; a 2000 Impreza L wagon. Had to go auto with the truck we bought this summer for the same reasons as the Wrangler, but for the Impreza it doesn't matter since my wife will never drive it. Nice to be back in a manual though!
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Old 11-01-2017, 01:53 PM   #1530
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Learned at 17 years old on my friends Saturn. Man that car was bare bones but it lasted forever. First manual car was a 3rd Gen RX7 then Scion xB and finally Subaru BRZ.

I try to teach the wife but she has zero interest in learning. Maybe my daughter will learn.
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Old 11-02-2017, 06:52 PM   #1531
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Location: Carson, CA
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I was 17 and learned on my 1992 Nissan 240sx after I did the automatic to 5 speed swap!
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Old 11-02-2017, 11:48 PM   #1532
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Location: Tacoma, WA
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Bought my first car at 18 and learned on it. 1999 Honda Civic coupe. Ended up swapping the engine and pretty much everything else on that car. What a waste of $$$ lol.
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Old 11-03-2017, 01:06 AM   #1533
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Location: Seattle
2018 STI Limited


Learned manual in my first car which i bought myself at 16. 1979 280ZX. Wow i loved that car - wish i had kept it now but oh well.
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Old 01-12-2019, 11:47 PM   #1534
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The First car I drove that was a manual was my Dads 2008 Dodge 2500 4dr Long Bed, it was a straight-piped cummins and had a hydraulic throwout bearing and was amazing to drive- love this truck

First car I owned was a 1969 chevy c10 short bed "fleetside" that was a stick, but mother earth was trying to reclaim it and didn't run

First car that I owned that was a manual was a 1950 Dodge Coronet sedan, which was a 3 on the tree with a fluid drive clutch, which drove like a manual but strangely had a torque converter. It was like shifting a 50's refrigerator door, very clunky but smooth as butter. Bought it as a late resto in high school, and I'm currently finishing my senior year. Its currently a project car and its getting a heart transplant for a 1955 Desoto HEMI

My current "daily" sadly is not a manual transmission car, but is a 99 Subaru outback sport, its an auto and I hate not driving a manual. Other than that I don't know much about it, but I would like to learn more about it and eventually swap the auto to a manual.

I'm new to this forum, so if anyone has some pointers or another thread that has more info please let me know! It'd be much appreciated

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Old 01-12-2019, 11:50 PM   #1535
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First car I learn manual was a VW B2 Passat or Sanata in China.
First car I owned manual was a 2009 RX-8 R3.
Now I own 2018 WRX and 2017 Mustang GT both manual.
Manual makes commute more fun.
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Old 01-14-2019, 08:48 AM   #1536
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I was taught how to drive stick on a 1985 Nissan Kingcab. My first MT car, however, was my 2008 Impreza WRX that replaced my 2005 Forester (4EAT).

I've only owned MTs since, save my wife's Malibu and now Outback (CVT).
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Old 01-14-2019, 09:06 AM   #1537
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Location: Pittsburgh, PA
2004 WRX Premium


The first car I first learned on was my buddy's 1990 Miata. It was a heap of rust mostly. We did a parking lot one day after a class in college. I sucked. My roommate had an RSX, so I practiced in that once after as he tried to teach me. I still sucked.

Fast forward about 10 years. Three Subarus later, all 4EAT. Even a 2004 WRX I own now. About a year ago, I drove a Fiesta ST at autocross and learned to better get around in 1st gear a well as shift into 2nd. That was it though and never on the street.

My buddy with a bunch of cars had left ankle surgery is and needed an automatic for about 7-10 weeks. Since before Christmas, he's had my WRX and I have his S2000. All I have to say is WOW. I finally got it. After driving it on the street, hills (many hills), inching up in traffic, pulling out.... it's great. I love it. I need a manual now. I feared it for 10 years, but I just needed more practice. I assumed I'd have it nailed down in a day or two, but it honestly took me about a month to really get comfortable.
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Old 01-14-2019, 10:10 AM   #1538
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2017 Golf-R, etc


A friend’s 75 Ford Pinto 2 door, 4speed.
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Old 01-14-2019, 10:44 AM   #1539
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Location: Winnipeg
2007 Legacy Spec.B
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It was a friends 1980 something Jeep cherokee for me
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Old 01-14-2019, 02:27 PM   #1540
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Location: Long Island, NY
2016 STI


1993 NX2000 the had no fifth gear. Picked it up for $600.00 and drove it to work everyday to learn.
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Old 01-15-2019, 12:12 PM   #1541
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Location: Hamilton, NJ
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I taught myself on a 1993 Honda EG coupe, that was the first manual car I owned.
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Old 01-15-2019, 01:06 PM   #1542
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Location: Omaha Ne
2009 Impreza 2.5i
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1989 Honda Accord. Old man I bought it from for 500$ taught me for 5 minutes. Then I had to drive home 20 miles. O god... stuck at a traffic light for 30 minutes trying to get it going from 1st gear. Holy smokes that was frustrating! A memory I won’t forget!
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Old 01-15-2019, 03:45 PM   #1543
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2002 WRX Wagon


My girlfriend taught me in her parent's 1994 Acura Integra. It was in their neighborhood a couple weeks before I turned 16.
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Old 01-15-2019, 04:34 PM   #1544
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2012 Impreza Sport


I was taught by my dad in his 1992 Civic hatch, VTEC baby! All it consisted of was driving back and forth in our long driveway
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Old 01-17-2019, 10:29 PM   #1545
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Location: West Michigan
2008 Outback XT


About 3 years ago, I wrecked my first love (96 Accord, automatic). I had been shopping for a MT as a project car but hadn't made a purchase. A buddy of mine kindly loaned me HIS 96 accord... MT.... for a week while I located my next car. Also taught me to drive it... In a 30 minute parking lot crash course. First time I drove again after my first major car accident, that was... 'fun'. As were the first couple days of driving in traffic in a car I wasn't confident in getting to work, etc. But by the 3rd or 4th day I had it down well enough to start having fun.
Can't say I'll never own an automatic again, but I don't expect it to be any time soon. (my next car was an 03 outback mt and my current car is an 08 outback XT with a manual <3)
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Old 01-18-2019, 02:44 PM   #1546
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First one was a ‘94 Toyota T100. Das old work truck. Still have it and drive it in the summer for fire wood/ hauling trash/ burning slash, and all that Jazz.
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Old 01-18-2019, 03:36 PM   #1547
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My buddy let me drive his Honda S2000 on a big empty road back when I was in High School.

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Old 01-20-2019, 11:55 AM   #1548
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I learned on a 1986 Toyota Supra that I owned. I was probably in my low 20s, I don't remember the exact age. I'm 36 now and have owned 4 other cars with stick.
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Old 01-23-2019, 08:00 PM   #1549
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First manual I ever drove was my Mom's RX-7. My first lessons were on a 2000 Subaru Forester after I got my drivers license. The first car I owned and REALLY learned how to drive was a 2000 Honda Accord in college.
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Old 01-24-2019, 11:10 AM   #1550
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Learned to drive stick on my mom's Saab 9-3 (weird feeling clutch) and Isuzu Trooper. Took the Trooper to college, then sold it when I bought an '05 M3 (manual, of course). Would the M3 (because expensive) and bought an '06 WRX wagon 5MT.
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